#TheShowMustBePaused: Music Industry Joins Forces for #BlackoutTuesday in Memory of George Floyd


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The past few days have seen powerful and, at times, frightening images of protest and civil unrest stemming from the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police department on May 25. Emotional reactions from all sides have flooded social media from rock and pop stars, among many others, and the music industry as a whole is planning its own “Black Out Tuesday” in response.

#TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative that has its own website, laying out its vision and goals for this important conversation:

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Several major labels posted similar messages in support of peaceful protesting and the #BlackLivesMatter movement on Monday. Via E!:

Warner Music Group, Sony Music, Columbia Records, Def Jam Recording, Interscope Geffen A&M, Capitol Music Group and more are all set to participate, with many companies making donations to organizations fighting against racial injustice.

Here’s Atlantic Records:

“On Tuesday June 2nd, Atlantic Records in conjunction with Warner Music Group will observe ‘Black Out Tuesday.’ We will support our employees, artists and global community on this day.

The music business at WMG will not go on as usual. While this is only one day, we are committed to continuing this fight for real change. We will be using this day to collectively reflect on what we as a company can do to put action towards change and we will be taking steps in the coming weeks and months.”

Universal Music also shared a lengthy statement:

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Interscope Records:

Capitol Records:

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BLACK LIVES MATTER. #THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED

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Several high-profile bands and musical acts followed suit, taking part in the #BlackoutTuesday initiative in order to further the focus and conversation on what really matters — racial injustice and the aims of the peaceful protesting going on in the United States the past week or so.

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https://twitter.com/JimiHendrix/status/1267711316619296770

https://twitter.com/TheWho/status/1267763848666365954

https://twitter.com/Aerosmith/status/1267611433145176067

 

 


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